Author: John Block

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How to win credibility with technology investors   Investors, particularly in the current climate, are not generalists. Most investors have a niche. Actually, most investors have a micro-niche. It’s not just technology and non-technology — there are subcategories as long as my arm. For example you have investors who put their money behind clean energy tech, medical tech, transportation tech, education tech, real estate tech, etc etc.   Read the rest...

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Advice from the most successful non-technical founders   You are in great company as an entrepreneur without an engineering background. Not only are many of the world’s leading technology companies run by tech laymen, but an increasing number of founders are solving problems using software and mobile apps who have never learned how to code.   Read the rest of the post from our Medium Page...

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At some point in your life, particularly if you seek out leadership positions, you will find yourself in charge of a project you are not expertly qualified to manage. Be that a little league baseball team or a department of software engineers, you will be expected to play the part despite of your lack of experience.   In fact, the parallels between ‘volunteer little league coach’ and...

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Fact or fiction, non-technical founders are ill-equipped to succeed in tech startups?   There is a perception that being a non-technical founder in today’s world is a disadvantage. I’ve heard people say it, but I’ve never heard anyone who should have known better hold that opinion. By that I mean it is not something that venture capitalists have on a short list of red flags to look...

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After having successfully raised seed capital you will find that there are times of elation and times of sheer terror.   This is perfectly normal. You are no longer just responsible for managing the funds that you have raised from your own resources, and those of your loving friends and family, now you are responsible for the wise management of “other people’s money.”   You may need to work...

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You have worked long nights, weekends and holidays making your app/SaaS product good. No, not just good; it’s great!!   This could be the next Facebook.   The next Salesforce.   Your tech is so good that customers are going to be throwing themselves at you along with their hard-earned money, eager for what you have to offer them. You’re going to set records for subscriptions, downloads, daily active users, all...

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A pitch deck is a first impression, and investors have approached pitch decks like Tinder profiles since long before millennials were spending Friday nights swiping their way to healthy, loving relationships. That is to say, they flip through them at high speed and are hard to catfish.   You have a few seconds to blow an investor away with your pitch deck. Intimidated? Don’t be. The tips...

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Are you taking your latest idea and turning it into a reality?   Starting your own company can be a very exciting and stressful adventure for any entrepreneur. And, as your fledgling business venture grows, it may reach a point when outside funds are going to be needed in order for the project to reach the next level.   Whether you are successful or not in raising seed capital...

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There are two types of founder entrepreneurs: boldly confident founders who know they are destined to do great things, and incredibly self aware founders who know that the challenges of starting a business are bigger than any one person. Think of those two profiles as the poles in either direction and you have a million shades in between.   Whatever shade of entrepreneur you are, you care...

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    I’ve worked with dozens of early stage startups, many of which were pre-funding and trying to position themselves for a seed round. As a result, I have seen a lot of things done right as well as a lot of half baked ideas.   One of the most common mistakes that startup founders make is failing to recognize when their business model needs an early stage investor...

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